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Super Ted’s Miles reaches the end of the road for fundraising

The family of two-year-old Teddy Thomas have presented a cheque for £35,000 to the Candlelighters charity after leading a campaign over the past two years to raise funds and awareness for children’s cancer.

With the support of family and friends, Teddy’s parents Andrew and Amanda, from Driffield, raised the money through a series of fundraising events and activities which they began after Teddy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in November 2020.

Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer which forms in certain types of nerve tissue and affects around 100 children each year in the UK.

Having completed four cycles of chemotherapy, Teddy underwent a 10-hour operation to remove the majority of the tumour from his abdomen.

Throughout all Teddy’s treatment at Leeds General Infirmary, the Thomas family received invaluable care, love and support from the Candlelighters charity which inspired them to launch Super Ted’s Miles – a fundraising idea to encourage people to complete their own milestone – to help raise funds for the charity.

After hitting their target of £35,000, Andrew, Amanda and Teddy presented the cheque to Candlelighters staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital on Friday 11th November.

Andrew told the Wolds Weekly: “We set the target a while ago and at times it has felt like a long time coming, but thanks to people’s generosity and efforts, which have really spurred us on, we have got there.
“It feels like a natural conclusion to finish at that for now.

“I have now registered and completed my training to become a Candlelighters ambassador and anything I can get involved with I will, because this charity was there for us during our most difficult times and continues to be there for other families across Yorkshire.”

Teddy is now two-years-old and is doing really well. He is enjoying spending time at nursery and his speech is developing, despite being left with hearing impairment due to his condition.

While the Thomas family has reached its target for Candlelighters, Andrew is continuing his fundraising this month and is helping to raise awareness of men’s cancer and health by taking part in Movember.

As well as growing a moustache, Andrew is also taking part in Move for Movember during which he is running 150 miles.

Andrew and friends and family have joined together and as a team have raised £630 for Movember, a charity which aims to change the face of men’s health.

Since its inception in 2003, Movember has helped to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues.

The charity’s particular areas of focus are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention, and to date more than £440m has been raised to help fund men’s health projects.

Andrew said: “Two years ago, I started growing my tash for Movember and on 20th November, I delivered an assembly to a group of Year 9 students about Movember and the fact that now I had a son meant there was a greater chance that the men in my life could suffer from one of these male health conditions.

“The day after that was when we discovered Teddy’s tumour and my fundraising page went from £100 to £3,000 overnight.

“I didn’t really get to finish Movember that year and so I felt that I had some unfinished business.

“I rallied a few people and together we have been raising some money and helping to get the message about men’s cancer out there.

“Boys cancers do not seem to get discussed as much as girls’ cancers do and I hope to spread the message that talking about these issues and checking yourself and getting tested is ok.”

To support Andrew in his fundraising for Movember please visit uk.movember.com/team/2434883
For more information about Movember please visit uk.movember.com.

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